New Delhi: Airline major Lufthansa said on Tuesday that it will cancel all planned flights between Germany and India from September 30 to October 20.
According to the airline, the move comes after Indian authorities rejected Lufthansa’s planned flight schedule for October.
“Lufthansa had applied for the continuation of special flights it was granted to operate until the end of September,” the airline said in a statement.
“This application process is necessary since India has, so far, not accepted the invitation by the German government to discuss the details regarding a temporary travel agreement between both the countries,” it said.
Lufthansa was operating these flights under the ‘Air Bubble’ agreement between India and Germany.
India had formalized an ‘Air Bubble’ agreement with Germany in July 2020. This type of arrangement allows nationals of both the countries to travel in either direction.
As per the statement, Lufthansa had originally scheduled flights for October in order to continue connecting Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru with Europe and other regions in Lufthansa’s worldwide network.
“The October schedule would also have seen the addition of flights to and from Chennai, one of the most important cities in southern India,” it said.
The airline urged India to work together with the German government in order to establish a temporary travel agreement between both the countries.